May 12, 2010
On the evening of January 31, 2010, Erica Davis – the first female paraplegic to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro – witnessed a Tanzanian sunset at “The Roof of Africa” (19,340′) that she will never forget. Thomson Safaris is honored to have been a part of this trek and to have helped Erica and her team from the C.H.E.K Institute reach their goal.
Last weekend, Through the Roof, a documentary about the climb, premiered in Carlsbad, California. The film received great reviews as well as a standing ovation! Click on the image below to watch the documentary trailer.
Coming soon to the Thomson Safaris blog:
an exclusive interview with Erica Davis!
March 15, 2010
Did you watch MTV’s Summit on the Summit: Kilimanjaro last night? If so, you might have caught a few glimpses of a familiar Thomson Gazelle logo during the hour and half documentary. The film featured a celebrity Mt. Kilimanjaro trek, led by Thomson Safaris, which raised awareness for the global clean water crisis. The trek team included celebrities and activists such as Kenna, Jessica Biel, Emile Hirsch and Alexandra Cousteau, to name a few. Despite some challenging weather conditions, every single person made it to the summit – which is quite an accomplishment.
Melissa Arnot, famed Everest mountaineer and trekker/leader for this climb, said, “This is the largest group I’ve ever seen have 100% success on the summit of any mountain.”
We are proud to have been part of such an important and successful trek.
Watch the full documentary here.
Katie, our Kilimanjaro Program Manager was also on this trek.
Read about her experiences here.
March 2, 2010
For some climbers, just touching the famous sign at Kilimanjaro’s summit is difficult enough. Not for Thomson trekker, Michael Ellis! He left his mark at 19,340′ with an exuberant (and surprisingly skillful) hula hoop routine, see the video below. Congrats on your summit, Michael!
February 9, 2010
We are so proud of challenged athletes, Erica and Tara, and their crew from the C.H.E.K Institute! As promised, we have some photos to share with you from their inspiring trek. Derek, the team coordinator, adds a final reflection: “A couple quick thoughts on what we just did. First and foremost which sticks out in many of our minds is something that will never be able to be taken away from Erica or even us, the first female paraplegic on the summit of Kilimanjaro. I have written it many times or said it but the faces of those coming down, absolutely defeated in exhaustion, seeing us going up, was absolutely priceless. Most people just stopped and starred and were like “how in the hell or why in the hell are you doing that”. Well the truth is, why not. Erica was great and never got mad or down, and neither did Tara for that matter. Both girls gritted their teeth, and kept climbing. But both of those girls were going to make that summit. And they did. It was freezing, high and just absolutely exhausting, but they did it.”
Check out some photos from the inspiring trek!
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February 1, 2010
We just received word that ALL of the C.H.E.K Institute climbers made it to the summit! We can hardly contain ourselves and send a big congrats to the climbing team. We will post photos as soon as the signal from the mountain allows; you’ll definitely want to see the images of this very inspiring and successful climb!
January 27, 2010
Today is the second day of the climb for the C.H.E.K Institute trekkers. They are headed out of the rain forest and up to 12,000′ where the landscape will change dramatically; they’ll trek through tall grasses, heather and volcanic rock to their next camp. The weather on Kili is cooperating (they expect a very warm day today) and they report that they are working hard but doing great. Derek, one of the trip coordinators said, “It is truly amazing to see the look in the eyes of those coming down and seeing what we are attempting. This is truly special. Thank you for you support.”